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HER Number:MDV4864
Name:Tower on south side of Oldaport Camp


Site of a tower on south side of Oldaport Camp of unknown date


Grid Reference:SX 634 493
Map Sheet:SX64NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishModbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMODBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 441014
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX64NW/15
  • Old SAM County Ref: 331
  • Old SAM Ref: 33759
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX64NW3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TOWER (VII to Late Medieval - 700 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Dryden, J., Untitled Source (Un-published). SDV139820.

Unpublished manuscript in Northampton Museum.

Unknown, 1846, Untitled Source, 517-518 (Article in Serial). SDV139946.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tower (Site of)' shown as a small circular feature on 19th century map to the south-west of 'Oldaport Barton'.

Jope, E. M. + Threlfall, R. I., 1942, The Fort at Oldaport, 66 (Article in Serial). SDV139818.

The tower was in ruins when visited by Sir John Dryden. Examination of the site in 1938 revaled walling which apparently represented the remains of a comparatively recent dwelling house.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1980, SX64NW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV139815.

In ruins, this is one of two towers within the perimeter of Oldaport Fort, which, itself is probably of Late Roman or Saxon date. It is not known whether or not these towers are contemporary with the fort.

Department of Environment, 1954, Oldaport Camp (Schedule Document). SDV139871.

Other details: Monument 331.

Rainbird, P., 1991, Oldaport, Devon: Recent Fieldwork and a Reconsideration (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV139886.

In his dissertation, Rainbird reviews all the available evidence for Oldaport. He concludes that the majority of surviving features may relate to a Late Saxon burh. The towers are tentatively explained as the remains of Saxon mortar mixers.

Rainbird, P., 1998, Oldaport and the Anglo Saxon Defence of Devon, 153-164 (Article in Serial). SDV139888.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Iron Age Promontory Fort known as Oldaport Camp (Schedule Document). SDV139887.

Around the eastern end of the Oldaport Camp there was formerly a walled enclosure which may be evidence of refortification in the Post-Roman period and perhaps the presence of a Medieval castle. This is known from 19th century sketches and descriptions and had earth ramparts fronted by a mortared stone wall. Two towers are recorded at the north-western and southern corners of this enclosure, where a 19th century sketch shows arched gateways, the southern of which was defended by a sub-circular stone tower. The base of this survives as a mortared stone foundation. Earthworks mark the sites of both gates and earthworks of a possible rampart and ditch, facing west lie between the two. A further two possible round towers were found on this rampart line during a geophysical survey in 1991. Other details: Monument 33759.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 441014 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346278.

The site of one of two towers situated within the earth and stone defences of 'Oldaport Camp', a fortification of uncertain date.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Tower (site of)' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139815Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1980. SX64NW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV139818Article in Serial: Jope, E. M. + Threlfall, R. I.. 1942. The Fort at Oldaport. Antiquaries Journal. 22. Unknown. 66.
SDV139820Un-published: Dryden, J.. Unknown.
SDV139871Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1954. Oldaport Camp. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV139886Undergraduate Dissertation: Rainbird, P.. 1991. Oldaport, Devon: Recent Fieldwork and a Reconsideration. University of Sheffield Dissertation. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV139887Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Iron Age Promontory Fort known as Oldaport Camp. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV139888Article in Serial: Rainbird, P.. 1998. Oldaport and the Anglo Saxon Defence of Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 56. Paperback Volume. 153-164.
SDV139946Article in Serial: Unknown. 1846. Gentleman's Magazine. Newspaper/Magazine Cuttin. 517-518.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93252 ]
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346278National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 441014. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV4861Part of: Iron Age promontory fort at Oldaport Camp, Modbury (Monument)
MDV36045Related to: FINDSPOT in the Parish of Modbury (Find Spot)
MDV4863Related to: Tower on north side of Oldaport Camp (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7102 - Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Survey and Excavation, Oldaport Camp, Modbury, Devon (Ref: ACD879/1/2)

Date Last Edited:Mar 9 2016 4:43PM